ACPOC stemmed from origins over 50 years ago when a subcommittee was formed of the National Academy of Sciences and the Prosthetic Research and Development Committee. The goal was to raise the standard of prosthetic care for children in the United States by:
- Evaluating experimental components
- Disseminating information
- Establishing criteria for clinic
By 1970, the subcommittee was charged to enlarge its sphere of activity to include children’s orthotics and mobility aids. By 1979 the general format of the Association of Children’s Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics was accepted. Annual conferences were expanded to include clinic chiefs and their team members. This format of annual interdisciplinary conferences hosted by selected clinics from the United States and Canada continues to this day.